Every year, we do an advent calendar as a family, to mark the count down to Christmas Day. I guess it’s one of our family traditions. For the last couple of years, I created my own. Last year we did a Gift Box Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, the year before it was cute envelopes hung across a door. It’s all really simple stuff: easy, cheap and fun for the kids.
This year, I decided on a Gift Bag Twig Christmas Tree Advent Calendar and below is how I put it together.
Heavy vase (you can use stones in the bottom of the vase to give it more weight)
25 Small organza gift bags — 10cm x 7.5 cm (you can buy packs for a few dollars at discount stores)
Shipping tags labeled 1 to 25 with a permanent marker (you can purchase shipping tags from stationery stores or newsagents or simply use paper with a hole punched in the top)
Favour (optional) — like chocolate, clips, matchbox cars, tree decorations, mini balls or other small toys
Christmas Story in 25 Parts (optional)
1. Collect Twigs/Branch
My husband cut a few leafless branches from a Banksia tree in the back yard for me. A short walk in the park will usually result in decorative branches too. Place the branches in a vase and break off a few twigs here and there until you have the shape you want.
2. Fill bags
Fill organza bags with the chocolate, favour, tree decorations, joke, Christmas story for each day (you can find the template here) or anything you like. Some of our bags have cute Disney Christmas decorations I found at Coles (like this Buzz).
Feed both sides of the string on the bag through the hole in the numbered label (so it sits flat in front of the bag) and hang.
4. Hang the bags on the tree
My daughter did this part outside in the cool of the afternoon. We started to hang the bags without filling them, but then realised it would be easier to fill them first, and then hang.
Oh, I love it! I love it. It looks so rustic and festive, and the kids can’t wait for December 1 to come.